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Welcome to our Newsletter
This month, the big question is, "Should
I upgrade my computer or should I buy new?"
There are many options and each individual
case is different. The article below
explains some options.
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Upgrade or Buy New
When is enough, really enough? A
common question with owning computer
equipment is when should you stop
putting money into your existing
equipment, and when should you just
replace it. Although there are a
multitude of conditions and reasons
for applying both resolutions to
your business or home computer
equipment, we will cover a few
factors that will assist you in
making a better decision when these
questions pop up.
How to Determine Your Situation:
The first obstacle to overcome
is the ĎNeed it Nowí syndrome.
Quick decisions arenít normally very
successful. You will probably end
up regretting your decision. Proper
research needs to be done before you
can determine what your technology
needs really are. Take the extra 5
minutes and write a short list of
the software you will be using, the
functions you will be performing
with the system, and the possible
external devices you will be
connecting, like scanners, digital
cameras, printers, and PDA or mobile
devices. This list will help narrow
the scope of possible solutions, but
more importantly, give you a basis
for your purchase and keep you from
forgetting important parts to your
system. If you want to go that
extra mile, lookup your software on
the manufacturerís website to find
out what their recommended
specifications are to run their
software efficiently, or what
hardware will work with different
After determining your needs,
quickly review what your existing
system does and does not provide
that you canít live without. If you
are not Ďtechnically savvyí, travel
to your local Office Supply
retailer, and inquire about
components that you can add to your
existing system to fill the gaps in
your requirements. Some very
inexpensive add-ons can drastically
increase the lifespan of your
system. REMEMBER your first
obstacle! Donít make a decision
without getting all the details.
Donít let the salesman push you into
a new system before you get pricing
for the additional components and
the cost for the labor to install
those components. Donít be afraid
to get a second opinion. In fact,
we urge you to get a second
opinion. Call us with any questions
you may have.
After gathering your requirements
and finding out what add-ons are
available, you should immediately be
able to see if you Ďneedí a newer
computer or if you have the option
to upgrade your existing system.
Those of you without the option of
add-ons, your work is almost over.
Those of you that have the option of
purchasing add-on hardware or
upgrading your existing hardware
face a slightly more complicated
decision. Donít worry, it really
shouldnít be that badÖ
What Should You Get?
Now that you have your requirements
and the costs associated with
purchasing an upgrade or a new
machine, you need to determine how
much time you will save by
implementing each solution. Most of
the time an upgrade will save you
money, butÖ not always. If the cost
of the upgrade is substantial, you
will want to more closely compare
the costs of a purchasing a new
system. Sometimes you can get a
newer system for only a few dollars
more than upgrade parts.
Make sure you review your budget to
determine what you can afford. If
the money isnít there, then you may
have to upgrade your system instead
of replacing it, or simply just wait
it out. Most companies need to see
that time savings before they
consider upgrading or replacing
equipment. You should use this same
philosophy for your own purchases,
unless, of course, money is not an
A New Computer:
A new computer purchase can
certainly be exciting, but your
problems donít end with the purchase
of a replacement system. If it is
for a home environment, you probably
donít have a server to save your
data on. So remember, you still
need to get all the data and
programs from your old system to
your new system. You can quickly
build up hours moving your data and
configuring your new system to get
it to the way you want it.
Upgrading or Adding To Your
Upgrading components can be very
easy and may also be done in less
than a day. Most office stores or
electronics stores, will upgrade
your equipment while you wait. Some
will even do the upgrade for free,
but make sure you get a quote before
you have any work performed on your
There are two primary upgrade types:
internal and external. Internal
components require you to take the
side panel off your system and
actually install the new hardware
inside the system case. The
equipment will then use the power
provided by the case and the cables
within. Most people donít feel
comfortable with adding internal
upgrades, because they are typically
more complicated than just plugging
something in. External upgrades are
usually much easier to implement.
Just plug in the power and plug the
cable connector into the system.
The harder part can be configuring
the component drivers and installing
the software to make it operate
properly. External equipment
requires casing to protect the
device and an AC adapter to provide
power which increases the price of
Although it may seem to be a
complicated process, reviewing and
comparing a new system purchase
versus a system upgrade really isnít
all that bad. Most businesses canít
operate without computers, which
means there are many computer users
out there. So, if you want some
assistance, donít be afraid to ask.
We will be glad to help you make the
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